Nico Andrade, Anand Chundi, Sarah McMorrow, and Natalie Patten
Authors: Nico Andrade, Anand Chundi, Sarah McMorrow, Natalie Patten, Douglas E. Soltis, Pamela S. Soltis, Michelle L. Gaynor
Faculty Mentor: Michelle L. Gaynor
College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Climate change greatly influences biodiversity and plants’ ability to survive; however, the potential effect of climate change on the distribution of specific plant species is often unknown. We aimed to understand how climate change will affect threatened and endangered species which occupy Archbold Biological Station (Lake Placid, Florida). We are generating ecological niche models to characterize the current and future distributions of these species using environmental and climatic variables. We will then examine the predicted distributions for these endangered and threatened plant species for 20 and 50 years from now. We expect our models will show these plants’ will decrease in range and niche breadth. Additionally, we will test whether or not current protected areas will be sufficient for each of these species in the face of climate change. Overall, our project will provide valuable insight to inform conservation efforts in Florida.
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